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Community hub frequently asked questions

What is The Kollective?

The Kollective is a community hub designed to provide office space for community organisations in a centralised administration facility. The primary target is not-for-profit organisations. However, this would not restrict other organisations from being involved. It is also proposed that the city's funding organisations would be part of the facility, in essence creating a 'funder’s hub' within The Kollective. 

There are three parts to the concept:

  • Space – a fit-for-purpose facility that provides an open-plan office, social hubs, individual workstations, team space, meeting rooms and quiet areas, creating flexibility to suit each organisation's needs. Organisations will be able to 'lease' desks and there will be shared meeting rooms, reception facilities, etc, along similar lines to Priority One's Ignition workspace on Grey Street.
  • Support – community organisations will be supported through a variety of 'wrap-around' services. This could include access to business advice, accounting and auditing services, marketing etc. This support will not be limited to tenants of the hub but available to all community organisations.
  • Shared outcomes – the hub will provide opportunities for community organisations to collaborate with others to increase positive outcomes for the community.

How many organisations will The Kollective house?

At this stage it is proposed that the community hub would provide accommodation for 15 to 30 community organisations.

Who will run The Kollective?

The day-to-day running of the community hub would be managed via a separate management contract. SociaLink Tauranga Moana, given their role in assisting Western Bay social service organisations, have been appointed managers of The Kollective. Council will not have a role in choosing tenants or setting rent. 

How will you choose the organisations that would use The Kollective?

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for membership at The Kollective, and would be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Hub Manager. The eligibility criteria has not been set, and would be developed by TECT and the Hub Manager. Organisations will still need to pay rent for their space.

Will the organisations have to already be supported by TECT?

No. Any community organisation would be able to apply for space at the hub.

What kind of organisations will be eligible to apply?

The primary target would be not-for-profit organisations. However, this would not necessarily restrict other organisations from being involved, where there is an alignment to the community sector.

How much will TECT pay for the land?

TECT has agreed to pay market rate for the land they have purchased.

How will you spend the proceeds from the sale?

Any proceeds will be invested back into the Historic Village. 

Will TECT need resource consent to build at the Village?

Yes, resource consent has been granted.

How much green space will be lost?

The area of land that TECT has purchased is approximately 4,790m2 in size. Most of this is currently green space. However, TECT is also redeveloping some of the adjacent land as a non-exclusive area that will remain as green space. This redevelopment will include improving drainage and moving the Otumoetai Schoolhouse which is currently on blocks in the middle of the green space area. This will allow an increase in usable green space which will be usable all year round.

Will the building be fenced?

No, there would be no fencing around The Kollective.

Parking is already an issue on 17th Avenue. Won’t this make it even worse?

TECT’s proposal includes the provision of an on-site car park to accommodate hub users, which would mean that any impact to street parking is minimal.

What about the extra traffic on 17th Avenue as a result of another development there?

The City Plan sets out specific mitigation work that is required at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Cameron Road to address any additional traffic movements created by development on the Historic Village site and the adjoining commercial zoned land at 180 17th Avenue.  

Won’t The Kollective take tenants away from the Village?

Yes, some existing Historic Village tenants may decide to move to The Kollective but staff are confident that there are plenty of other potential tenants who would be interested in renting space at the Historic Village. The Kollective will complement existing Village community facilities and activities, and may provide more revenue opportunities through higher occupancy of Village venues and more retail activity due to increased foot traffic.

When will The Kollective be open?

The Kollective will open around early September 2018. Special opening and launch events will be held to mark the occasion.  

Last Reviewed: 30/11/2017

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